Systematic Design of a Voltage Controlled Oscillator using a Layout-Aware Approach
; Castro-López, R. C.-L.
; Roca, E.
; Fernández, F. V. F,
Martins, R. M.
Póvoa , R. P.
Systematic Design of a Voltage Controlled Oscillator using a Layout-Aware Approach, Proc International Conf. on Synthesis, Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Methods and Applications to Circuit Design - SMACD, Taormina, Italy, Vol. , pp. - , June, 2017.
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This paper focuses on the systematic design of voltage controlled oscillators (VCO), a commonly used radiofrequency (RF) electronic circuit. RF circuits are among the most difficult analog circuits to design due to its trade-offs and high operation frequencies. At such operation frequencies, layout parasitics and accurate passive component characterization become of upmost importance, causing re-design iterations if they are not considered by the designer. To avoid this problem, and reduce the design time, this paper presents a systematic design of a VCO, entailing layout parasitics and accurate characterization of passive components from early design stages. Results clearly illustrate the benefit of this strategy.